ANTHROPOLOGY Special Features Anthropology is the study of humans, past and present. Anthropologists

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    ANTHROPOLOGY College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies

    Program Description Anthropology is the study of humans, past and present.  Anthropologists take a broad approach to understanding the varieties of human experience, which uniquely places us at the juxtaposition of the social sciences, natural sciences and the humanities. Anthropology is traditionally organized into four subfields that offer distinctive skills.

    Cultural and Social Anthropology deals with the social lives of people around the world, including our own society: economic systems, legal practices, kinship, religions, medical practices, folklore, arts and political systems, as well as the interrelationship of these systems in environmental adaptation and social change. Anthropological Linguistics deals with varied aspects of human language and the characteristics of nonhuman communication systems, to achieve an understanding of past and present human language systems and their significance in social life.

    Biological Anthropology is a biological science that deals with adaptations, variability and evolution of humans, and our living and fossil relatives. It is also a social science because biological anthropologists study human biology within the context of culture and behavior. Simply put, they study humans from a biocultural perspective across space and time. Physical Anthropology describes and compares world human biology. Focuses on humans and their primate order, and seeks to document and understand the interplay of culture and biology in the course of human evolution and adaptation.

    Archaeology focuses on the material remains of human societies from the remote and recent past with emphasis on reconstructing and understanding past modes of human cultural adaptation and change.

    While maintaining exposure to these four subfields, the Anthropology program allows students to sharpen their skills in specific domains of anthropological thought and practice. Students may choose from three concentrations that share a common foundation.

    • Archaeology and Biological Anthropology (ABA): emphasizes a scientific approach to anthropology.  Studying diverse topics including; evolutionary processes, human variation, ecology, skeletal analysis and zoo-archaeology, it prepares students for careers in the anthropological sciences in both the public and private sectors, such as cultural resources management, forensic science; collections management, and advanced graduate studies in anthropological sciences or related disciplines.

    • Culture, Language and Society (CLS): introduces students to knowledge and skills necessary for a nuanced understanding and engagement with the world we live in.  It prepares students for graduate studies in socio-cultural and linguistic anthropology, professional careers in government, business, law, healthcare and any contexts that require attention to cultural, social and linguistic dynamics

    • General Anthropology (GA): constitutes a solid liberal arts foundation that prepares students for careers and graduate studies in fields that call for a broad exposure to anthropological knowledge.  Students, under the guidance of a faculty advisor, can also choose to customize a program of study to pursue individualized academic or professional interests.

    Special Features • Diverse faculty who are widely published and enjoy national repute in

    their specializations. • Regular activities include Faculty Colloquia, the Sacramento

    Anthropological Society sponsored brown bag discussions and annual symposium.

    • Extensive ethnographic and archaeological collections, housed in the Museum of Anthropology and the Archaeological Curation Facility, afford students opportunities to learn all phases of museum and collections management work. The Department exhibit hall displays an excellent collection of museum artifacts.

    • The Department maintains a computer lab, as well as several computer stations in the Archaeology lab.

    • Course related fieldwork in California and the Great Basin and archaeological laboratory opportunities are offered through internships at the Archaeological Research Center (ARC) and the Archaeological Curation Facility (ACF). Paid fieldwork and laboratory opportunities may also be available for qualified students through the ARC and ACF.

    • Professional journals and the updated Human Relations Area File are housed in the University Library.

    Career Possibilities Anthropology equips students with the necessary knowledge to engage with the political, economic, cultural, and social complexities of the world. In addition to providing students analytical and critical thinking skills, anthropology exposes students to the intersection of culture, biology, and history on peoples’ lived experiences. Majoring in Anthropology provides students a solid foundation for advanced studies in diverse fields such as anthropology, business, cultural resources management, law, journalism, medicine, communication, social work, urban studies, public policy, informatics, and any other profession that calls for the sustained engagement with cultural diversity, critical thinking, analytical abilities and people skills. Given the training they receive, anthropologists are increasing sought by the business world, government agencies and non-government organizations. Traditionally Anthropology majors have pursued careers in primary and secondary teaching; consumer market research; human resource development; local, state, and federal governmental agencies; non-governmental organizations (NGOs); archaeological field or laboratory technicians; forensic analysis, community development organizations; trade union organizations and allied fields. The globalized world economy has expanded this horizon to include career opportunities in communication, health care, entertainment, information technology, consumer product development, etc.

    Contact Information Raghuraman Trichur, Department Chair Ana Gutierrez, Administrative Support Coordinator Mendocino Hall 4010 (916) 278-6452 (

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    BA in Anthropology Units required: 52 units, includes units of study in chosen concentration Minimum total units required for BA: 120

    Required Lower Division Core Courses (13 Units) ANTH 1 Introduction to Biological Anthropology 3 ANTH 1A Biological Anthropology Laboratory 1 ANTH 2 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3 ANTH 3 Introduction to Archaeology 3 ANTH 4 Language, Culture, and Critical Thinking 3 Upper Division Core Requirements (12 Units) ANTH 146 Ethnographic Analysis 3 ANTH 162 Language and Culture 3 Select one of the following: 3

    ANTH 111 California Archaeology ANTH 112 Great Basin Archaeology ANTH 113 Prehistory of the Southwest ANTH 114 North American Prehistory ANTH 122 The Evolution of Early Mesoamerican States

    Select one of the following: 3 ANTH 155 Fundamentals of Biological Anthropology ANTH 157 Human Variation

    Additional requirements for Concentrations (27 Units) Select one of the following: 27

    Archaeology & Biological Anthropology Concentrations Culture, Language & Society Concentration General Anthropology Concentration

    Total Units 52

    Concentration - Archaeology & Biological Anthropology  Required units: 27

    The Archaeological and Biological Anthropology concentration provides students with the knowledge, skills and perspectives of scientific anthropology. It prepares students for careers in the anthropological

    sciences, such as cultural resources management, skeletal identification, zoological or museum technicians for the graduate training.

    Required Upper Division Courses (18 Units) Archaeology Theory Select one of the following: 3

    ANTH 107 Anthropology of Hunters and Gatherers ANTH 109 Ecological and Evolutionary Approaches to

    Anthropology ANTH 110 Archaeological Method and Theory ANTH 115 Origins of Agriculture

    Biological Anthropology Select one of the following: 3

    ANTH 151 Human Paleontology ANTH 153 Evolutionary Medicine ANTH 154 Primate Behavior ANTH 156 Evolution of Human Behavior

    Laboratory Methods Select one of the following: 3

    ANTH 120 Introductory Statistics for Anthropologists ANTH 124 Environmental Archaeology ANTH 126 Techniques of Archaeological Analysis ANTH 150 Human Osteology ANTH 192A Laboratory Work in Archaeology ANTH 195A Fieldwork in Archaeology

    Breadth Requirement Select three from all the upper division courses listed above plus the following:


    ANTH 116 Old World Prehistory: Paleolithic Archaeology ANTH 123 Ancient Technology ANTH 127 Cultural Resource Management in Theory and

    Practice ANTH 128 Indians of California ANTH 135 Indians of North America ANTH 152 Primate Adaptations ANTH 158 Human Skeletal Analysis ANTH 171 Bioarchaeology: Analyzing Human Remains from

    Archaeology Sites General Electives (6 Units) Select any two upper division courses from Anthropology or any related discipline with approval from Major Advisor. 1


    Additional Requirements (3 Units) Anthropology majors select one statistics course 2 3

    Total Units 27

    1 except ANTH 155 and ANTH 157 2 e.g. STAT 1, or one approved by the Department



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